Pep Guardiola says West Ham have a 'huge advantage" over Manchester City ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash because they don't have European commitments.
Guardiola's City travel to east London for the lunchtime kick-off against an in-form Hammers side.
Wolves were thumped 4-0 in West Ham's last home game, which David Moyes' men followed up by winning 3-0 at Leicester and pulling off a stunning late comeback to draw 3-3 at Tottenham.
City have also picked up after a stuttering start to their season, having beaten Porto 3-1 in the Champions League in midweek following a 1-0 win over Arsenal last weekend.
Guardiola is wary of teams who are not competing in Europe as they more time to prepare – and he says this is often the reason for unexpected results in the Premier League.
"It's why this league was always so difficult and everyone can lose everywhere," said the City boss.
"It's for this reason, some guys have seven or eight days to prepare, a huge advantage for the other team. We can adjust, accept, handle the situation if you are a player or manager.
"All the teams playing in Europe have the same problem. The schedule is crazy for everyone. For three, four games in a row maybe I decide to use the same squad and other ones I make changes."
City face a hectic schedule coming up, with games against Marseille, Sheffield United, Olympiakos and Liverpool over the next 16 days.
Kevin De Bruyne, Nathan Ake and Aymeric Laporte could return from injury against West Ham, while Fernandinho is out for up to four weeks with a leg injury.
West Ham's new signing Said Benrahma is expected to be on the bench for Saturday's game, while Michail Antonio is available despite being taken off against Tottenham as a precaution, and fellow forward Sebastien Haller is also available.
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